Skeleton Crew Sailing is creating a documented expedition to Tame Cape Horn
60

patrons

$1,553
per video
It’s a dark, ironic fact that the transition for military personnel into civilian life can be more deadly than combat itself. However, Skeleton Crew Sailing is making a feature-length documentary film that will spread awareness about this epidemic through the compelling narrative of one veteran’s odyssey sailing around Cape Horn. We've made it to the doorstep of Patagonia - we're practically knocking on the door to Cape Horn - and our patrons will be the first to see footage of us in those uncharted waters!

THE CHARACTERS
Taylor Grieger is a former naval rescue swimmer who was diagnosed with complex PTSD several months after his release from the Navy. Upon his return to the U.S., Taylor was given little-to-no guidance on how to cope with his condition, while simultaneously having to confront the stigmas attached to veterans with PTSD. He was alone, adrift, and sinking into depression.

Despite his mental duress, Taylor is a man of big dreams and action, who decided to confront his PTSD head on with an ambitious adventure. He set out to conquer his childhood ambition of sailing the harshest waters known to man. He exhausted his life savings on a dilapidated, 36-foot Watkins sailboat and spent the next nine months reinforcing the hull, refurbishing the interior, and replacing the sails and rigging.

To better understand his PTSD, he reached out to a former high school swimming pal, writer Stephen O’Shea, who had just completed a collection of short stories based upon the narratives of American soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through his conversations with Stephen, Taylor realized that he was not alone in his battle against PTSD. The two partnered on this life-changing sailing adventure to make a difference. Together, the veteran and writer have been documenting their journey from the very start. The results are startling: a combination of you-are-there action footage (including the team battling Hurricane Harvey), mixed with quiet, honest reflection about the purpose of the journey and the impact it is having on Taylor and Stephen.

THE MESSAGE AND MISSION
In addition to highlighting the problems veterans face upon returning home, Skeleton Crew Sailing is opening a dialogue about how we can end the epidemic of veteran suicides by bringing civilians and veterans together, encouraging empathy, and building a community that demands change.

Partnering with Freshfly Films, an established producer of documentary films, this documentary and our videos will have a long and healthy life beyond the theaters it plays in. It will be a tool for change. Together, Taylor and Stephen will tour the nation, screening at conferences, film festivals, and on military bases – where we will offer services for, and spread awareness about, PTSD. Like Taylor, veterans worldwide will see/feel that they are not alone, that the symptoms attached to their transition are normal, and that the stigmas attached to PTSD are just that: stigmas.

THE PRODUCTION
Using top-of-the-line DSLR cameras, multiple GoPros, and a MavicPro drone, Taylor and Stephen are capturing and documenting this expedition on a scale that has never before been done. These videos feature footage of seas that have yet to be captured with 4K, in remote corners of the world that are only accessible by sailboat. Season 2 will be a beautifully crafted series, with strong visuals, remarkable characters, and dramatic editing. It will tell a powerful and universal message of pain, struggle and, ultimately, hope.

Tiers
1. the believer
$5 or more per video 31 patrons
You're on board. You think our videos are more than just mildly entertaining. You have excellent taste.
  • Be the first to see our monthly episodes!
  • Access to Patreon only videos!
  • Password to our Garmin InReach GPS locator so you can see our location in real time, 24/7
2. the Seafaring Shellback
$25 or more per video 20 patrons
Become a Shellback before we round Cape Horn and you'll get a Skeleton Crew Sailing t-shirt made by Grunt Style, LLC!
  • Skeleton Crew Sailing t-shirt!*
  • Access to high-definition photographs from our trip
  • Plus all previous rewards

*shirt mailed after 2nd pledge is processed

3. the Salty Mariner
$50 or more per video 6 patrons
You want to go beyond wearing our logo and experiencing our adventures vicariously. You want to help our veterans and to see us through Cape Horn
  • A video chat with our crew at the next port of call
  • Your name in our Patreon video acknowledgements
  • Plus all previous rewards
*Pocket-T shipped after first pledge.
4. Posiedon - Lord of the High Seas
$100 or more per video 4 patrons
You've got salt in your veins and Iron for bones. Wear this crown, and you'll receive an invitation to meet us at any port along the way
*Pocket-T shipped after first pledge.
  • Meet us somewhere when we get back! We'll buy you a beer and swap salty sailing stories
  • A personalized shoutout on our Instagram and Facebook!
  • Plus all previous rewards
5. You've Joined the Crew
$500 or more per video 1 of 5 patrons
You've joined the brotherhood. Your name will sit amongst the warriors of our time. The salt in your veins deserves to be on the open ocean. Not only will you have a dry cabin and seat at our table, we will personally coordinate so that you can join us on a leg of our journey!
  • We will paint your name in BOLD on the hull of our ship.
  • Join the crew for a leg of our trip!
    • Conditions providing
  • We'll feature you in one of our Patreon videos (and possibly the documentary to follow!)
  • Plus ALL of the previous rewards!!!
Goals
$1,553 of $2,000 per video
Each dollar raised on this site represents one nautical mile of our journey, and we've set a conservative estimate of fifteen-thousand miles to circle South America. Our "Ole Lady," while reliable and refurbished, is going to need repairs throughout this trip if she's going to endure some of the harshest sailing conditions at the southernmost point of the world - and that's not to mention provisions, equipment, or any of the other expenses to date. So if you believe in our cause, and if you support our dream to conquer Cape Horn--to go where few men or women have gone before--then become a "Patron" for Skeleton Crew Sailing today. Help us return intact by purchasing a few nautical miles, and we promise to raise awareness for veterans everywhere through our mission and our story.
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It’s a dark, ironic fact that the transition for military personnel into civilian life can be more deadly than combat itself. However, Skeleton Crew Sailing is making a feature-length documentary film that will spread awareness about this epidemic through the compelling narrative of one veteran’s odyssey sailing around Cape Horn. We've made it to the doorstep of Patagonia - we're practically knocking on the door to Cape Horn - and our patrons will be the first to see footage of us in those uncharted waters!

THE CHARACTERS
Taylor Grieger is a former naval rescue swimmer who was diagnosed with complex PTSD several months after his release from the Navy. Upon his return to the U.S., Taylor was given little-to-no guidance on how to cope with his condition, while simultaneously having to confront the stigmas attached to veterans with PTSD. He was alone, adrift, and sinking into depression.

Despite his mental duress, Taylor is a man of big dreams and action, who decided to confront his PTSD head on with an ambitious adventure. He set out to conquer his childhood ambition of sailing the harshest waters known to man. He exhausted his life savings on a dilapidated, 36-foot Watkins sailboat and spent the next nine months reinforcing the hull, refurbishing the interior, and replacing the sails and rigging.

To better understand his PTSD, he reached out to a former high school swimming pal, writer Stephen O’Shea, who had just completed a collection of short stories based upon the narratives of American soldiers who fought in Iraq and Afghanistan. Through his conversations with Stephen, Taylor realized that he was not alone in his battle against PTSD. The two partnered on this life-changing sailing adventure to make a difference. Together, the veteran and writer have been documenting their journey from the very start. The results are startling: a combination of you-are-there action footage (including the team battling Hurricane Harvey), mixed with quiet, honest reflection about the purpose of the journey and the impact it is having on Taylor and Stephen.

THE MESSAGE AND MISSION
In addition to highlighting the problems veterans face upon returning home, Skeleton Crew Sailing is opening a dialogue about how we can end the epidemic of veteran suicides by bringing civilians and veterans together, encouraging empathy, and building a community that demands change.

Partnering with Freshfly Films, an established producer of documentary films, this documentary and our videos will have a long and healthy life beyond the theaters it plays in. It will be a tool for change. Together, Taylor and Stephen will tour the nation, screening at conferences, film festivals, and on military bases – where we will offer services for, and spread awareness about, PTSD. Like Taylor, veterans worldwide will see/feel that they are not alone, that the symptoms attached to their transition are normal, and that the stigmas attached to PTSD are just that: stigmas.

THE PRODUCTION
Using top-of-the-line DSLR cameras, multiple GoPros, and a MavicPro drone, Taylor and Stephen are capturing and documenting this expedition on a scale that has never before been done. These videos feature footage of seas that have yet to be captured with 4K, in remote corners of the world that are only accessible by sailboat. Season 2 will be a beautifully crafted series, with strong visuals, remarkable characters, and dramatic editing. It will tell a powerful and universal message of pain, struggle and, ultimately, hope.

Recent posts by Skeleton Crew Sailing

Tiers
1. the believer
$5 or more per video 31 patrons
You're on board. You think our videos are more than just mildly entertaining. You have excellent taste.
  • Be the first to see our monthly episodes!
  • Access to Patreon only videos!
  • Password to our Garmin InReach GPS locator so you can see our location in real time, 24/7
2. the Seafaring Shellback
$25 or more per video 20 patrons
Become a Shellback before we round Cape Horn and you'll get a Skeleton Crew Sailing t-shirt made by Grunt Style, LLC!
  • Skeleton Crew Sailing t-shirt!*
  • Access to high-definition photographs from our trip
  • Plus all previous rewards

*shirt mailed after 2nd pledge is processed

3. the Salty Mariner
$50 or more per video 6 patrons
You want to go beyond wearing our logo and experiencing our adventures vicariously. You want to help our veterans and to see us through Cape Horn
  • A video chat with our crew at the next port of call
  • Your name in our Patreon video acknowledgements
  • Plus all previous rewards
*Pocket-T shipped after first pledge.
4. Posiedon - Lord of the High Seas
$100 or more per video 4 patrons
You've got salt in your veins and Iron for bones. Wear this crown, and you'll receive an invitation to meet us at any port along the way
*Pocket-T shipped after first pledge.
  • Meet us somewhere when we get back! We'll buy you a beer and swap salty sailing stories
  • A personalized shoutout on our Instagram and Facebook!
  • Plus all previous rewards
5. You've Joined the Crew
$500 or more per video 1 of 5 patrons
You've joined the brotherhood. Your name will sit amongst the warriors of our time. The salt in your veins deserves to be on the open ocean. Not only will you have a dry cabin and seat at our table, we will personally coordinate so that you can join us on a leg of our journey!
  • We will paint your name in BOLD on the hull of our ship.
  • Join the crew for a leg of our trip!
    • Conditions providing
  • We'll feature you in one of our Patreon videos (and possibly the documentary to follow!)
  • Plus ALL of the previous rewards!!!